OpenSUSE Install :: Recover Data Off A Shot Hard Drive XP System?

Dec 1, 2009

Trying to recover data off a shot hard drive. XP system. says I don't have permission to open the drives/folders.. not the owner...

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Fedora :: Recover Data From Failing Hard Drive

Jun 26, 2010

Using F12 with a LVM Volume, Single disk with OS on and boot partition. The OS HDD is getting i/o errors, but will still boot to the login screen. I've removed the HDD and connected it to a Fedora Live OS on my laptop, connected the HDD and it registers as :

[root@localhost]# fdisk -l /dev/sdd
Disk /dev/sdd: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000e0069

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdd1 * 1 26 204800 83 Linux
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sdd2 26 30401 243991201 8e Linux LVM

And it tried to mount /dev/sdd2 to view and see if I can recover some files.
[root@localhost]# mount /dev/sdd2 /mnt -t ext4[root@localhost james]# mount /dev/sdd2 /mnt -t ext4
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdd2,
missing codepage or helper program, or other error
In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
dmesg | tail or so

Any way to mount the partition to allow me to try and get some data back, or if trying to do a full backup of the drive you can get it to ignore i/o errors.

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Ubuntu :: Recover Data From Failed Hard Drive?

Aug 11, 2010

I just want one last attempt at seeing if there's a solution. My Dell Studio 15 laptop HDD that runs Vista failed, I booted Ubuntu from a CD knowing that I should be able to recover my data.

However, Ubuntu can't find my HDD, it's not listed and "fdisk -l" doesn't result in anything. The BIOS seems to know that the HDD is there though.

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Debian :: Recover Data From Hard Drive That Has Been Previously Configured With LVM

Dec 16, 2015

I've been trying to discover how can I recover data from a hard drive that as been previously configured with LVM, although not encrypted,but I have been having mixed results. I've been using LVM more and more lately to configure hard drives and my greatest fear is to have a motherboard fail on me and get locked out of the contents.

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General :: Mount A Hard Drive With Pre-existing File System And Data?

Mar 23, 2010

I had a drive that kept kernel panic'ing so my data center recommended using the spare hard drive to reinstall OS on, and import the data from the old drive. (they checked the hardware, it wasn't the hardware) The new install is done, and I need to mount the old drive and get backups off it since my data center does not provide management whatsoever.

It's the same OS on both (Cent OS 5.4 32-bit) I'm an advanced user on windows, but linux gets me. I can ssh in, do basic stuff like setup IP ranges and restart services. I normally navigate the box through SFTP so I have a gui. WHM shows me my drives as such

Found Disk: hda
Found Disk: sdb

so I'm assuming SDB is my old drive and the drive I need to access. I attempted to follow instructions on

cyberciti.biz/faq/freebsd-adding-second-hard-disk-howto/

but I'm assuming FreeBSD would work differently and I wasn't totally sure what the labels of the file systems should be.

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OpenSUSE Install :: Grub Error 18 - Unknown File System - Running From External Hard Drive

Jan 11, 2011

It started when I wanted to dual boot Windows 7 and Opensuse off of my netbook (No DVD/CD drive) I tried install suse from an external hard drive and I botched it. I ended up erasing EVERYTHING off of my internal netbook hard drive. Windows and all.

Well, I had a couple of other computers so I studied up and eventually successfully installed OpenSUSE 11.2 on my external hard drive (11.3 being the one that I accidentally erased everything with, so kinda scared of it) and now I want to install openSUSE 11.2 on my internal netbook hard drive.

I can not use disks

I can not use a flash drive (For some reason, even if I make it bootable, it will not load up, this could be because it's actually a 8GB microSD card that is placed in a USB card reader.)

I can not use an external hard drive because that's what I'm running suse off of.

I've tried reading up on how to install suse on another drive off of the hard drive and I've gotten as far as whenever I boot up the netbook with the suse external hard drive connected it will ask to boot into OpenSUSE, the Fail Safe, or to install OpenSuse. When I select to install it it gives me the Error 18 Unknown File system.

I've tried formatting the internal hard drive twice. One as NTFS and again as EXT4. Neither seems to effect it other than when it's ext4 I can open it and it contains a Lost and Found folder.

When I interrupt the boot sequence by pressing c and going to the terminal and I use the root (hd +TAB command it tells me I have a hd0 and a hd1. The hd1 only has 1 partition which is ext4, which I'm assuming hd1 is the internal hard drive (I'm not sure how to check) and the hd0 is the external hard drive, which has three partitions. One with an unknown file system and two with ext4. When I try to enter the set up from the terminal it gives me the same error for any thing I put it (e.g. root (hd0,0) gives the same error as root (hd0,1), or root (hd0,2) and root (hd1,0)

Something like it cannot locate these two files I'm assuming it needs to boot. If anyone finds this relevant I'll retry it and post the files its missing.

I've been searching for awhile and can't find any threads that can solve my problem. From other threads, however, I have noticed that I should probably include my menu.lst, listed below

Code:

I have also ran the boot info script and received the RESULTS.txt file it generates. Listed below

Code:

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OpenSUSE Install :: Altered Partition On An External Disk - Can Recover The Data

Aug 28, 2010

I have a 250 GB external disk, where there was store a hundred and something GB of data. Pictures, music, documents and TV-shows. It was FAT32. In an attemt to make an live USB drive with openSUSE, I did exactly what I shoulden't do: I mistook the external disk for the the USB drive. Now the external disk has a 700 mb linux partition, while 232.2 GB is unpartitioned. TestDisk from CGSecurity is looking to see if there is a lost partition table there, somewhere. Is there anything I can do? There was no formating, so the data is still there (except for those 650 mb that was overwritten). Is there any way to rebuild the old partition?

Output from "fdisk -l":

Disk /dev/sdc: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 238475 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes

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OpenSUSE Hardware :: Restoring Data From A External WD Elements Hard Drive?

May 29, 2011

(Just to clarify: This has nothing to do with the 11.4 mount problem with external NTFS drives that is stickied in this forum.)

I have this 2 year old WD Elements drive (500GB) that is NTFS formatted and that I've used for backup all this time, until a few months ago it failed to be recognized by any computer. The power supply is working, so I first requested a new cable, which didn't help, and now I received a replacement. But still I would like to save some of the data on the hard disc. I need to have this figured out within this week as I have to return the old drive, or they will charge me for the new.

So far, the only software to still recognize the drive was a WD analytical tool for Windows. It didn't find any problems or show any error messages as far as I could tell. They recommended using testdisk to recover the data, but testdisk doesn't recognize the hard drive in the first place. I also tried KParted, but no success.

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Software :: Use Fedora To Recover Data On Hard Drives From A WD ShareSpace 4TB NAS?

Jan 5, 2011

My sister-in-law (SIL) has a Western Digital ShareSpace 4TB network access storage that was setup in a RAID 5 configuration (four 1TB hard drives). To make a long story short, a blinking red light on the device and a call to Tier 2 technical support, one of the guys mentioned using Fedora as a way to retrieve the data from the hard drives (seems like the hard drives are good but maybe the actual NAS device crapped out).

I will not have access to the hard drives till this weekend and of course Tier 2 technical support is closed on the weekends. I have almost no Linux knowledge but can follow instructions pretty darn well. I am looking to install Fedora 14 Desktop Edition 64 bit on my desktop sometime tonight or tomorrow. Once I have Fedora installed, how would I mount the hard drives and have Fedora read the RAID 5 array?

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Fedora :: Recover Data On LVM Formatted Drive?

Aug 19, 2010

I have a laptop with Fedora 12 on it and I accidentally did an dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda (since then I learned to think before I type)
anyway, I stopped it in time (I hope), it only zeroed first 60 MB. So, it killed partition table and boot partition. What I need is home partition, and it should be untouched. home is on a LVM device (fedora default install settings), and I tried testdisk (supposedly handles LVM) but it found only one partition (I guess it's a LVM physical device, as there should be 3 partitions, /, /home and swap) and said it's not recoverable.

Is there a way to get access to files on that partition (partition itself, including file table should be untouched). Partition contains various data (video, audio, and text) I need back (and it's my data, not backed up, and not something I can redownload). Is there any software that can help me with this, and if not, is it theoretically doable (I believe it should be, as the partition itself is not damaged, so it should be possible to read file names and link them with data on disk, am I right)? what is a good way to image the disk, so I can reinstall the laptop while trying to rescue data from image?

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Ubuntu :: Recover Data From Network Drive?

Jun 17, 2011

I have a 1Tb Western Digital Network drive. I was showing someone the photos on this on their XP computer and noticed that each file also had a capitalized version beside. I assumed this was a copying mistake and highlighted all the capitalized copies and deleted them. To my horror all files have vansihed. The next horror came in that XP apparently doesn't move deleted files to the recycle bin it just deletes them. I rapidly went back to my ubuntu machine and mounted the network drive. However none of my normal recovery file methods work on network drives. PhotoRec doesn't list the drive. and sudo ddrescue -r 3 ~/.gvfs/SFTP for [myname] on [address]/[path] ~/LOGFILE tells me permission is denied.

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Hardware :: Recover Data From Raid 1 Drive?

Oct 17, 2010

I was using a Buffalo LinkStation Duo to store pictures and the OS in the unit failed. As far as I know, the data on the two 1 TB drives is fine, and since Buffalo uses a Linux kernel in their LinkStation and the format is xfs, it should be possible to get the data off if I can mount one of the drives on a Linux box. I've put one of the drives into an external USB enclosure and attached it to my Linux system, but I cannot get the drive to mount, probably because it is one element of a Raid 1 array.

Most of what I can find on the Web concerns setting up a new Raid array, not creating an array around a drive that already contains data. I have installed mdadm, and I'm running Mint Linux release 9 (Isadora) on an Intel box. When I run mdadm -D /dev/sdb or sdb6, the device and the partition where the data is located, it reports that the device does not appear to be an md device. I'm not sure what that means. Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I've got around 13,000 photos on these disks that have no backup (I figured what could go wrong with mirrored copies?).

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Fedora :: Wrong Drive Formatted - Recover Lost Data?

Oct 30, 2009

I have 3 drives in my computer. I installed Fedora 11 on my two biggest one, with the LVM treating them as one single drive. I attempted to install XP on my last drive. As I was installing, I selected my third drive (I'm 100% sure it is the correct drive as it is an 80gb whilst the others are 120 and 200 respectively) and told it to delete the partition on that drive and format. After I did that, it started to format, starting with my 120! I'm fairly sure that it was merely a quick format, as it only took 5-10 seconds for it to format, and that my data is still there. Is there any way to recover my "lost" data, or did I just really screw myself over?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Recover Drive Without Losing Precious Data?

Dec 29, 2010

I had six partitions in my HDD, but due to some fatal error or virus, one has vanished itself. how to recover that drive without losing my precious data?

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General :: EXT4 - Recover Any / All Of Data From Formatted Media Drive?

Jun 4, 2010

Last night I made the mistake of formatting my media drive. Before the format, it was ext4. then I formatted it to ext4 again because I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing(this mistake only gets made once). Now im looking for away to recover any/all of my data. The drive in question is 1tb. I have not written any new files to this drive.

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Hardware :: Recover Data From Crashed System?

Sep 18, 2009

I was running CentOS 5 with VMware Server on top of it. The system died and I'm trying to recover the VM images. The system died with a 'end_request: I/O error, dev' type message. It looks to me like the 2nd partition is wonky - is that correct? The GRUB portion does boot. I pulled the drive out and plugged it into my Ubuntu box to see if could get to the files. I ran 'fdisk -l' and found:

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Disk /dev/sdb: 400.0 GB, 400088457216 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 48641 cylinders

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To me this shows the GRUB boot partition and the system drive - correct? Next I created a mount point and tried 'mount /dev/sdb2 /mnt/recover' At that point I get a

mount: unknown filesystem type 'LVM2_member'

Here's where I'm a bit lost. I believe I need to add filesystem support to my Ubuntu box. I've been looking but have yet to find something that says the default filesystem of CentOS 5 is <blah>. After I do find that info, how do I install the filesytem support to read the drive?

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Ubuntu Servers :: Will Be Able To Recover Data 1TB Drives / Should Backup 80GB Drive As Well?

Feb 25, 2011

I am using software RAID in Ubuntu Server Edition 9.10 to mirror(RAID1) two 1TB harddrives. These are used for data storage and websites.I also have a 80GB harddrive for the operatigsystem. This drive has no backup or RAID at all. Should this drive crash and the system therefore to become no longer bootable, will I be able to recover the data the 1TB drives or should I backup the 80GB drive as well?

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General :: Recover Data From Ext3 File System?

Jun 20, 2009

I have accidentally removed vmware virtual disk, my host operating system is RHEL5.2 with ext3 file system, i have used photorec, magicresue and foremost but still no luck to recover the vmdk file. i have seen in foremost configuration file that there are some predefined files (ex- doc, pdf, jpg, avi, zip, etc),

1. is there any way to add vmdk file extension on that configuration file?

2. if yes how can i do ?

3. by adding vmdk on configuration file, can i specifically use recover option for vmdk?

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May 25, 2011

A recent update messed up my Ubuntu (actually Xubuntu) laptop, and so I want to recover a few important files off of it before reinstalling the OS.I cannot boot into Ubuntu on my hard drive, so I put in one of my Live CDs, but couldn't figure out how to get the files from my hard drive.I googled the problem, but all the solutions talked about recovering Windows files with a Live CD.I need to recover my files that were in Ubuntu

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General :: Deleted Root Directory - How To Recover System Data

Feb 27, 2010

I have accidentally ended up in deleting my root directory while I blindly fired command while watching movie.

I fired following command
#rm -rf ~/<SPACE>*.out
instead of this command
#rm -rf ~/*.out

Things already done:
1) Created /root directory relogged to get some of basic settings of gnome and Desktop.
2) Things went well now when I login my desktop ,gnome environment and other things looks to be working well only prompt on my terminal has changed. I can fix it any ways.

Things I want to ask:
1) I haven't studied much about contents of /root directory to best of my knowledge is it like other user's home directory with some basic configuration files for mostly required applications. SO my question is have I lost any thing important system file or something?
2) If I have lost any important configuration or system data how can I recover it without reinstalling whole system? (My opinion about this is, It is quite possible but to do so, as far as I know capabilities of linux. But I still want comments from experts before I try any things on it because I don't want to backup my whole HDD and reinstall the whole stuff again for me and also my sister's stuff in MS.)

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OpenSUSE Install :: Recover Grub Installation In A Dual Boot System?

Nov 19, 2010

I would like to recover my grub installation in a dual boot system. if there is an easy way to recover grub using flash disk? If yes is your suggestion opensuse developed? (currently running 11.3) . It would be nice also to have some gui just to make things easier. If not I assume that then the only option is the boot from dvd. Is that right?

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OpenSUSE Hardware :: External Hard Drive Not Seen By System

Apr 12, 2010

My external disk does not appear as mounted on the desktop (It's e-Sata and NTFS, samsung 1.36 Tera bytes ) There's nothing in /media, nor it appears on the desktop as mounted. What can i do to be able to use it?

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Fedora :: Access Another Install On Another Hard Drive On This System?

Nov 4, 2009

This probably isn't the best way to go about this, but I am pretty nooby. I took the hard drive with Ubuntu install and made it the second SATA drive, and then put a new SATA drive in as the first and installed Fedora on it.Now I want to access my files from the Ubuntu drive and put them on the new drive but when I try to access it, I can look at some files but the majority of them (like my music and a lot of my documents) it says that I don't have permission.Is there some way I can get to these files? I tried searching but I couldn't find anything relevant

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Jan 24, 2011

I'm wondering if there's a way for me to install Ubuntu on a hard drive that I'm shipping to my brother. He has a different system and I'm sure it has some proprietary things that I'll need to set up. This is his first Linux system so I just want it to be ready to go when I ship the drive to him. I also don't want the install to take over my boot loader for my system...I am yet to successfully fix a boot loader after I screw it up (I know it's possible but I always just reinstall) and this time around, I'm hoping to avoid doing

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General :: Recover Files From Hard Drive That Was Initialized In Windows?

Jul 29, 2010

I will begin by announcing that I really know very little about Linux, not having dealt with it previously. That being said, a hard drive that has important files on it was given to me to back up without having been told it was Linux. I piggy backed it into a Windows PC and initialized the hard drive. When it showed there were no files to access I then realized this must be a Linux based hard drive. I attempted to access files with both Linux Reader and Linux Recovery but they both act as though the hard drive has no files on it. And no I did not format the drive, I only intialized it.Is there any way to retrieve files from this hard drive being initialized in Windows? I do have a Linux machine that I could piggy back it into but I have never messed with this machine before, or Linux for that matter, so wouldn't know where to begin.

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Sep 30, 2010

How I can backup all my system & files to external hard drive?

I am using OpenSuse 11.3 32bit - Gnome

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Apr 13, 2010

I haven't run into this with ubuntu before. I am trying to recover some files from a damaged hard drive and when I try to use the no change to computer option I get to a log in screen. But, I don't have a user name or a password at that point.

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OpenSUSE Install :: Ubuntu In Dualboot Without Losing Any Data On Hard Disk?

Jul 2, 2010

How to install openSUSE with Ubuntu in dualboot? I have Ubuntu 10.04 and i want to install openSUSE 11.2 without losing any data on hard disk.

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OpenSUSE Install :: Recovering Data From Drive ?

Jan 8, 2011

I've accidently begun installing Ubuntu Studio onto my OpenSUSE drive I stupidly forgot to to swap my hard drive cables around.

Luckily, the Ubuntu Studio install failed before I noticed the problem, but I need to access the SUSE drive to pull some date off of it. Whats the best way of doing this?

I used a program in windows XP to try and pull the data (mainly holiday snaps) off the drive, but it only works on NTFS file systems, so didn't get me what I need.

How can I access the data on the linux partitions? I'm fairly certain I was using 11.2, which after a bit of googling seems touse the EXT3 file format. Correct?

I'm in over my head here really, as you can probably tell, but what my limited knowledge leads me to believe is that the Ubuntu installer overwrote my partition table (is that right?) but left all the data there still.

Ideally I need a program very similar to the one that I used, but which works for the SUSE filesystem, and runs under XP (my only working OS at the moment)

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CentOS 5 Hardware :: Using Asus P6T Built-in Intel RAID - CPU Fan Fails And The System Halts - Recover Data?

Jan 20, 2011

The situation: computer based on Asus P6T motherboard. Two RAIDS:

- 'boot', on motherboard built-in RAID controller (CentOS 5.5 installed on this RAID)
- 'data' on 3dware RAID card

At one moment a CPU fan fails and the system halts. After the fan is replaced, BIOS informs it's reset and all the inner controller data are forgotten. After I switch it to 'RAID' mode, it remembers it was a mirror raid (RAID 1) installed, but the file system on it is completely trashed.

The 'data' RAID run by external controller isn't affected by the system failure. Three questions:

- is it worth trying to install OS on the rebuilt 'boot' RAID once again? Looks like if BIOS settings are lost for some reason, there's chance of completely losing RAID data
- has someone encountered similar problem with built-in RAID nd was it possible to recover data?
- will the software RAID be worth creating instead of using hardware RAID to replace the 'boot' drive?

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